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After removing more than 66,000 square metres of graffiti across the city, public street art will be encouraged in 40 laneways, to boost visitation and consumer spending in key locations.

The City of Melbourne has adopted its Budget and Annual Plan 2022–23, a $838.2 million cash splash in a bid to sweep up the streets, create jobs and restore confidence and consumer spending in the city.

The biggest budget ever delivered aims to deliver essential services, increase visitation, support city business owners, fill up its culture and creative events calendar and make the city safer and cleaner.

A record $254 million infrastructure investment will create up to one thousand jobs and create a better-connected city.

  • total budget: $838.2 million – the biggest ever delivered by the City of Melbourne
  • $253.5 million infrastructure investment
  • over $50 million for parks, gardens and open spaces
  • record $33.9 million boost for safety and city cleanliness
  • $33.7 million for events, festivals and creative industry
  • improved visibility on waste costs through the Waste Charge

In direct response to community feedback, the funding will serve to mop up illegal graffiti, make the city attractive and clean, and improve city safety.

This includes $100,000 to support the reintroduction of the Salvation Army’s Youth Street Teams, $150,000 towards managing public litter bins during peak times and $80,000 to further expand the Rapid Response Clean Team.

All this is in a bid to drive up visitation and consumer spending in key precincts after the pandemic, which has recently seen a rise above pre-COVID levels, particularly in the evenings.

Other policies include; extending outdoor dining permit fee waivers until 31 October, which will support more than 1500 city business owners, and opening five new pop-up libraries including the Mel-van mobile library.

Over 1550 tonnes of organic waste were diverted from landfill and made into compost, as part of the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste service.

After removing more than 66,000 square metres of graffiti across the municipality, the city completed the Flash Forward program to encourage public street art in 40 laneways and boost visitation and consumer spending in key locations.

Development works:

  • approvals of more than 350 planning applications worth more than $372 million
  • the completion of works at Enterprize Park – part of the Greenline project to revitalise the Yarra’s north bank
  • signing of a landmark agreement for lease with Unison Housing to deliver the Make Room project. Make Room will provide secure supported accommodation for people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne for up to 12 months

“Our record Budget will continue to build on Melbourne’s momentum – delivering vital services for ratepayers, building infrastructure to future-proof our city and enticing more people in to support our business owners,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

“We’re actively listening, and have made a number of additions to the Budget, building on our record investment to eradicate illegal graffiti, make the city attractive and clean, and improve city safety.

“Melbourne is well and truly back on track, with foot traffic at a number of key dining and shopping precincts climbing beyond pre-Covid levels.”

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